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Press Release

August 15, 2017

JICA to accept trainees on math and science educ to boost PH competitiveness

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the world's largest bilateral aid agency has opened slots for young Filipinos involved in math and science education under a training program in Japan.

The training program Knowledge Co-Creation (Young Leaders) aims to support the human resources development in the Philippines by introducing Japanese technology and expertise to young leaders and prepare them for future global challenges.

"The training is our way of strengthening our relationship with our partner countries where both mutually learn, grow, and develop together," said JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito. "It's also an opportunity to share Japanese values and skills that young Filipinos can apply to contribute to nation building."

Likewise, added Ito, math and science are connected to a nation's economic future and sharing Japan's expertise in these fields aim to support the Philippine's competitiveness efforts in an integrated ASEAN region and global economy.

Accepted participants to the program will stay in Japan for 18 days and will visit educational institutions in Japan's Shimane Prefecture. Under the program, participants will have exposure on Japan's basic education system and learn practical teaching methods on math and science education that can be applied in the Philippines.

Already, there have been over 40,000 Filipinos who benefitted from JICA's various training program in Japan.

Japan school-aged students ranked as among the top in the world in science and math, based on the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) as reported by Japan Times.

Meantime, the Philippines' basic education framework has recognized the role of math and science in cultural development and in the preservation of national identity. The current Grades 1-10 math and science curriculum framework in fact envisions developing scientifically, technologically, and environmentally literate students. (Source: DOST Science Education Framework).

Application for the training program is until 1 September 2017. For more information, please visit

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